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5 Types of Bosses That Drive Employees Away

According to Entrepreneur Magazine, there are five types of managers that lead to employees getting burned out on the job or unhappy with their work environment.  

The research included more than 400 participants, and they found that employees grow increasingly more dissatisfied, and worse, can result in their leaving the company.  

“Nearly 60 percent of workers in the OfficeTeam study said they stayed on the job, despite having a nasty boss. Only 11 percent quit immediately, without another job lined up. Another 27 percent planned their escape, finding another job first and then leaving.”  

  1. The Micromanager
  2. The Bad Communicator
  3. The Bully
  4. The Saboteur
  5. Mixed Nuts  

 

Read the complete Entrepreneur Magazine article

 

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Zappos CEO Urges That Company Culture Is More Important Than Ever

The value of employee culture is more important than ever in a time of economic recovery. At Zappos, their CEO has evolved their corporate mission to include a stronger and richer work culture.

“Our number one priority is company culture,” says Zappos CEO Tony Hsieh explained. “If we get the company culture right, then . . . delivering great customers service or building a long term brand or business will follow.”

Their goals in improving company culture included two major efforts:

  • Improving their recruiting/interviewing process, so that incoming employees would be a good fit for the culture
  • Having employees suggest core values to add to the company’s mission, which were implemented after one year  

Read the Employee Benefits News article

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Zappos CEO Urges That Company Culture Is More Important Than Ever

The value of employee culture is more important than ever in a time of economic recovery. At Zappos, their CEO has evolved their corporate mission to include a stronger and richer work culture.

“Our number one priority is company culture,” says Zappos CEO Tony Hsieh explained. “If we get the company culture right, then . . . delivering great customers service or building a long term brand or business will follow.”

Their goals in improving company culture included two major efforts:

  • Improving their recruiting/interviewing process, so that incoming employees would be a good fit for the culture
  • Having employees suggest core values to add to the company’s mission, which were implemented after one year  

Read the Employee Benefits News article

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Reasons to Bring Back the Lunch Hour at Your Company

Has it become part of office culture for employees to eat lunch at their desks where you work?  

This month, a new campaign called “Take Back Your Lunch” was initiated by The Energy Project, encouraging employers to minimize worker burnout in their organizations.  

Many employees who tend to work at their desks at lunchtime would argue that doing so increases their productivity and shows a high level of commitment to their employers.

However, what is concerning for HR and management professionals is that this work culture could be damaging other areas:   

  • Lessening their interests in the work they do (and the effort they put into it)
  • Shortening job retention with your organization due to burnout
  • Increasing the frequency of bad moods and conflict in the workplace
  • Creating lower energy, leading to overall poor employee wellness  

“We want you to do anything that helps you relax or recharge — walk, take a yoga class, have a picnic lunch in the park,” says Emily Pines, the Take Back Your Lunch co-founder. “The main thing is you walk away, get out of the office, disengage from work.”

Read the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette news article

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Tools and Guidance for Preventing or Dealing with Employee Burnout


It is a fact that employee burnout costs employers more than $300 billion in lost productivity in the U.S. What can executives and managers do to address this obstacle in their workplace?  

“The number one issue for executives is that they have to have more trust in the people they work with,” says Ellie Maggio, managing director of Emend Management Consultants in Toronto. Less micro-managing gives employees a greater sense of ownership over their work.  

Other helpful tools and techniques:   

  • Executives should lead by example. If a manager works around the clock, this sets a particular tone for the rest of the staff.
  • Identify expectations early on. If you work in a deadline-driven place, don’t hire someone who stressed out from deadlines. Make sure they are a good match before you hire them.
  • Emphasize cultural fit for candidates. Also, when recruiting new hires, consider using screening tools like personality testing, to see if an individual would thrive in your environment. 
  • Investigate the early signs. If you notice increased absenteeism or irritability in an employee, it is better to find out the cause and provide support needed to deal with high workloads, lack of interest, little or no recognition, etc.  

Read the Globe and Mail article

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Getting Rid of Cubicle Walls in Today’s Modern Workplace

The high-walled cubicles of yesterday’s workplace are fading away. American offices are getting smaller, especially with employees who are on the road, who telecommute, or split their time evenly between your office and their home office.    

Employers are beginning to note the value of comfortable work spaces, where coworkers sit closer to one another and have more eye contact than in cubicles, making for a more collegiate atmosphere.  

It was during the recession when several companies had downsized their office spaces, even if it left a significant amount of empty space they still owned or leased. The upside? The money they saved enabled them to invest in future company growth.  

While some employers have moved from cubicles to shared work spaces with low or no walls, there are many others who are getting more progressive.  

  • Designated private rooms for quiet zones, where employees can go to concentrate on a task
  • A “Star Trek” shaped table for executives to sit together, allowing for maximum dialogue
  • A café using an open floor plan and complete with casual tables, access to vending machines, and a great view of Millennium Park in Chicago  

Read the MarketWatch News article

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96% of Employers Would Hire for Attitude, and Not Job Skills

From Telegraph News, a recent UK poll of more than 1,000 business owners revealed that a vast majority is more interested in a candidate with “the right attitude,” and not the perfect skill set.  

Two-thirds of employers said they if had to reduce their workforce they would fire someone with a perfect skills set over someone with deficient skills but sporting the right attitude.  

The employers ranked the top six “essential” attitude qualities as “commitment, honesty, trustworthiness, adaptability, accountability, and loyalty.” This was even more so true for small business employers.  

James Reed, chairman of recruitment giant Reed and co-author of ‘Put Your Mindset to Work’, which explores the research, said: “It is even more vital for a small business to choose someone with the right mindset when recruiting new talent than for a giant corporation. A single individual will have so much more impact on their prospects.  

“Employers told us that someone with a winning mindset was, on average, seven times more valuable than a normal employee.”  

Read the full Telegraph News article

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